International Association for the History of Religions

The history of the African Association for the Study of Religions (AASR) is intimately connected with that of the International As­so­ci­­ation for the History of Religions (IAHR). The AASR was founded at an IAHR Regional Conference at the University of Zimbabwe at Harare, Zimbabwe, in September 1992. And since it was formally admitted as an IAHR affiliate in the XVIIth IAHR World Con­gress in Mexico City in 1995, AASR members have increasingly played prominent roles in the IAHR, as witness the recent IAHR elections during the XIXth IAHR World Congress in Tokyo, in which Prof. Rosalind Hackett and Prof. Gerrie ter Haar, who are both founding members of the AASR and served for many years in AASR executive positions, were elected as IAHR President and Vice President.

IAHR Links and Information:

IAHR website
IAHR Members and Affiliates
IAHR Women Scholars Network
IAHR 2015 Conference in Erfurt, Germany

African Studies 

Established in 1957, the African Studies Association is the flagship membership organization devoted to enhancing the exchange of information about Africa. With almost 2,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, the African Studies Association encourages the production and dissemination of knowledge about Africa, past and present. Based in the United States, the ASA supports understanding of an entire continent in each facet of its political, economic, social, cultural, artistic, scientific, and environmental landscape. Members include scholars, students, teachers, activists, development professionals, policymakers and donors. For more information, visit the ASA website.

American Academy of Religion

Founded in 1909, the American Academy of Religion is the world’s largest association of academics who research or teach topics related to religion. As a learned society and professional association of teachers and research scholars, the American Academy of Religion has over 9,000 members who teach in some 1,500 colleges, universities, seminaries, and schools in North America and abroad. The Academy is dedicated to furthering knowledge of religion and religious institutions in all their forms and manifestations. This is accomplished through Academy-wide and regional conferences and meetings, publications, programs, and membership services. Within a context of free inquiry and critical examination, the Academy welcomes all disciplined reflection on religion–both from within and outside of communities of belief and practice–and seeks to enhance its broad public understanding.

The AASR is linked to AAR as a Related Scholarly Organization and hosts panels and presentation each year at the annual AAR meeting. This year’s meeting will be in San Antonio, Texas, USA November 19-22, 2016. For more about this year’s annual meeting, visit the AAR website.

Society of Biblical Literature

Founded in 1880, the Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest learned society devoted to the critical investigation of the Bible from a variety of academic disciplines. As an international organization, the Society offers its members opportunities for mutual support, intellectual growth, and professional development.

The AASR is linked to SBL as a Program Affiliate and hosts panels and presentations at the SBL meeting, which meets jointly with AAR. For more information, visit the SBL website.

Leadership and Steering Committee for AAR/SBL Panels

Co-Chair: Esther Acolatse, Duke University
Co-Chair: Althea Spencer Miller, Drew University

At the AASR Business Meeting in Atlanta, GA, USA on 22 November 2015, the AASR Executive took nominations for a new steering committee to assist the co-chairs in selecting papers for AASR sponsored sessions. The following committee was formed to serve a 3-year term:

Nathanael Homewood, Rice University
Elana Jefferson-Tatum, Emory University
Stephen Lloyd, Boston University
Lovemore Togarasei, University of Botswana